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The Piobaireachd Society

The Piobaireachd Society was formed in 1903 to encourage the study and playing of piobaireachd, the classical music of the Highland bagpipe. It has collected the available piobaireachd manuscripts and from these and the knowledge of the existing experts and players published 15 books with tunes written in staff notation accompanied by notes on the sources. Since the College was established it has had a close relationship with The Piobaireachd Society.

Piobaireachd society logoThe Society also publishes the Kilberry Book of Ceol Mor by Archibald Campbell of Kilberry, a collection of 112 of the better-known tunes. There are notes, separately published as Sidelights and Further Sidelights that tell of Kilberry’s own famous teachers and what they taught him.

The Society has published a book of modern piobaireachd and more recently new editions of important works such as Joseph MacDonald’s Treatise (1994), The MacArthur MacGregor Manuscript (2001 and in conjunction with the John MacFadyen Trust) and the Donald MacDonald books (2006 and 2011). Publication of these books has helped the Society fulfill its main aim.

In addition, the Society has now developed a comprehensive website, with sound files, manuscripts, new music, photographs and other information all designed to encourage the understanding and playing of this music.

2018 Bursary

The Society is again offering a teaching bursary for young pipers. Candidates should be aged 14 or over and under 18, and preference will be given to those who live outwith Scotland’s Central Belt. Tuition will be delivered by the College of Piping during a week this summer. The purpose of the bursary is to assist young pipers in improving their playing, their knowledge of the bagpipe and its history, and to develop their interest in, and awareness of, ceòl mór.

The closing date for applications is 20th April 2018. All tuition fees will be covered by the bursary. Some travel and accommodation expenses may be considered for refund.

Piobaireachd Society Bursary Form

Applications should be sent in the first instance to: Stuart Letford, Interim Manager, The College of Piping, 16-24 Otago Street, Glasgow G12 8JH.


Piobaireachd Society membership is open to all with an interest in Ceol Mor. Members can hear many archive recordings of famous pipers and have access to the Proceedings of the annual conference and many published articles about piobaireachd.

UK Applicants may also pay by direct debit or by cheque payable to The Piobaireachd Society and sent to the Hon Treasurer.

Gift Aid Forms are also available and can be printed out for UK residents. This enables the Society to reclaim Tax with benefit to the Society but no loss to the Applicant.

* – Student membership is only available if you are in full-time education.

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